IBC or International Business Company or as it is also called International Business Corporation is basically an offshore company that is usually incorporated under the laws of some jurisdictions worldwide as a tax neutral company, meaning that it is not subject to tax in the country of incorporation. It is also limited in the direct business activities it may engage in while operating in the context of the jurisdiction in which it is incorporated.
Importance and main functions of IBC
Often IBC features can vary by jurisdiction, but typically include confidentiality of business records, ability to issue shares, provision of a local registered agent or office, and exemption from local corporate income tax as the majority of offshore Jurisdictions that removed or are processing removal exempt IBC from local taxation while reducing corporate income tax to zero to avoid hurting the entire offshore finance industry.
Such companies are generally formed for offshore banking, international investment, asset protection, real estate and intellectual property ownership, and other business activities related to international trade.
A list of jurisdictions offering IBC as a business structure
As stated in Streber Weekly, there are many jurisdictions that offer IBC as a business structure. The list of such jurisdictions is quite long: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Brunei, British Virgin Islands or BVI, Cook Islands, Comoros, Dominica, Grenada, Gambia, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Monsterrat, Nauru, Saint Lucia, Samoa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles and Vanuatu. This list includes most jurisdictions without considering their worldwide reputation. Some popular offshore jurisdictions not mentioned previously offer territorial taxation and other tax incentives in lieu of IBCs. These business structures can operate as Exempt Corporations, Free Zone Corporations, or Non-Resident Corporations, etc. without having the ease of IBC corporations: Panama, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bermuda.
For example, the jurisdiction of Panama is generally appropriate for International Foundation or IBC in terms of asset protection. The jurisdiction of Hong Kong in general is also convenient for international trade due to the favorable tax system as no withholding tax, capital gains tax, capital gains tax, VAT and other types of taxes are levied.
The most respected jurisdictions for IBCs
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is recognized as the world's leading offshore business center with more than 450,000 operating companies registered on its territory. He is often referred to as the grandfather of all IBCs. International international business corporations have a fairly good reputation among other jurisdictions of this type due to the ability to transfer domicile and privacy of ownership for assets collected within the corporation. In general, the BVI provide flexible, cost-effective and fast international offshore company formation services.
Seychelles can be alternatives to BVI offshore companies as this jurisdiction also offers ease of administration, simplicity and privacy. Additionally, with more than 175,000 companies registered there, IBC is the most common type of company formed on islands. The IBCs of this jurisdiction are commonly used as consulting and staffing services firms, as well as holding companies for stocks, real estate, and stocks.
The Bahamas is one of the oldest offshore jurisdictions to be considered classic like the previously mentioned BVI as it is independent, politically stable, has an improving reputation and is gambling friendly.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has a good reputation but is also politically stable and has an average to low cost. However, this jurisdiction is more popular for its limited liability companies (LLC).
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has low costs. It is quite stable politically and has a good reputation which has improved in recent years due to increasing popularity due to financial deals conducted by Euro Pacific Bank and Loyal Bank.